An interview in which Quentin Tarantino appears to defend accused statutory rapist and fugitive Roman Polanski for his crimes has resurfaced.
Polanski had pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor – namely then 13-year-old Samantha Gailey (now Samantha Geimer) – in 1977.
Despite his crimes, Polanski has continued to win praise and awards from Hollywood – including an Oscar in 2002 for his film, The Pianist.
In a resurfaced interview, Quentin can be heard defending Polanski and arguing that he does not believe the French-Polish director ‘raped’ his victim.
“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape…he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape,” the director argues.
“To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down—it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world,” he continues.
“You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything people use it for,” he says.